BY MELINDA WILLIAMS
Clipper Staff Writer
OGDEN – Meeting Kathryn Wouden was a wonderful opportunity for Weber State University junior Olivia Horlacher.
“She’s a dedicated, personable woman and so strong, It’s an honor to portray someone like her,” Horlacher said.
Horlacher, a Syracuse resident, is playing Wouden in this year’s Christmas Spectacular produced by the Ogden LDS Institute of Religion.
Horlacher is a political science/communications major. She said she did a little acting in high school.
The show, “Repeat the Sounding Joy,” is based on the experience of Wouden, a woman from Mantua, Utah, whose life was changed by music sung by an elderly man in a convalescent center where she worked. Wouden took that experience and incorporated the love of music into her family’s life, according to Alan Saunders who wrote and produced the play.
Katheryn Wouden’s daughter Chante, developed a rare form of bone cancer at age 3, but has made a successful musical career because of her mother’s influence, Saunders said.
The show will run Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. both evenings and on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in the Weber State University Val A. Browning Center, Austad Auditorium. A suggested donation is asked of $5 for adults; $4 for senior citizens age 60 and older; $3 for children ages 6-17; and $15 for a family. There is also a matinee family discount of $12 available. Young adults, ages 18-30 will be admitted free with WSU student identification. Student tickets must be picked up by Friday at noon.
Patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance at the Ogden LDS Institute office or from members of the cast.К For more information regarding the show call 801-621-1800 or online at www.ldsces.org/ogden.
About a quarter of the the performers in this 51st annual production hail from Davis County, Saunders said, including the student director and Saunders himself.
The production features choral singing, dancing, acting and small ensembles, soloists and some guitar, flute and harp accompanists. The name of the show was taken from the familiar Christmas hymn, “Joy to the World.”
The singers are a combination of three choirs, Resound and Crescendo, both directed by Greg Simpson, and Choralaires, directed by Saunders.
Resound, the non-auditioned choir, features approximately 100 members who perform separately and together with the Choralaires.К Crescendo is an auditioned women’s triple trio.К
Choralaires is the auditioned choir of the Ogden LDS Institute. These 65 students specialize in the performance of sacred, inspirational pieces.КThey also perform a few traditional Christmas songs for this Christmas Spectacular.К
КThe Folk Dancers of the Ogden LDS Institute will be outfitted in authentic costumes from around the world.КThey will be performing a Russian dance, Guam stick dance, and a Christmas clog.